By ANDY VIHSTADT
Despite charting well in Europe for over a decade, Travis has won over American audiences the way contemporaries like Radiohead and Coldplay have. The Scots’ sixth LP is its first on Fontana Records and it’s noticeably grittier than their usual acoustic fare. Ode to J. Smith is already out overseas and will be available in the States next Tuesday. Stream the whole thing on MySpace and download the album’s second single below, thanks to Spinner.
MP3: Travis, “J. Smith,” from Ode to J. Smith (Fontana/Universal)